BuildHome Victoria

BuildHome Victoria Issue #55

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BuildHome launched 22 years ago and is the definitive guide for those looking to buy or build a new home. BuildHome is published to suit specific markets to cater for builders, suppliers and consumers for boutique homes in Victoria and selected builders from other states. BuildHome showcases a variety of new homes including; Custom-built homes, Display homes, Energy space-efficient homes, Kit homes, Pre-fabricated homes, Transportable homes plus specialist products and services.

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2 min.
editor’s letter

Choosing a block of land can be exciting, but not all building sites are created equal. There are myriad factors that will affect what kind of home you can build, how long it will take to build and how much it will cost. A sloping block or one with stormwater issues, a block with soil problems, or a site located in a bushfire- or flood-prone zone are just a few examples of “difficult” sites. We asked the experts to talk us through the most common issues and share their solutions. Everyone has heard of kit and modular homes, but the range of options on offer may surprise you. Modular homes, where factory-built modules are delivered to site to be re-joined, have come a long way. Today they can be of any…

4 min.
home essentials

WALK RIGHT IN Freedom Wardrobes, with showrooms in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, provides smart and stylish storage solutions for walk-in, hinged and sliding wardrobes, all aimed at the discerning homeowner. Freedom Wardrobes’ launch range comprises 12 door finishes and four interior finishes, available in hundreds of different combinations to ensure you get the precise result you want. High-end luxury storage accessories include island benches, jewellery drawers, a home safe, glass shelving with on-trend black framing, and contemporary matte black hardware. Pictured above is a walk-in style wardrobe with doors and externals in Sierra Warm Grey, an island benchtop in Caesarstone Statuario Maximus, brass gloss bar handles, black-framed glass shelving, and in-cabinet vertical ambient lighting. freedomwardrobes.com.au A TOUCH OF LUXURY Embracing the latest design trends from Italy, the new Grigio Lusso series has touched…

7 min.
the complete package

Prefabricated building methods are being embraced for myriad reasons: reduced build times, cost-effectiveness, quality control and environmental benefits, to name a few. And while prefabricated building is by no means new, with advances in technology and an influx of design-led, sustainably-aware modular and kit homes companies, the range of choice in terms of style and size — and the degree of customisation — has never been so broad, or exciting. In recognition of this growth in the industry, and to advance the prefabricated building sector, in June the federal government announced it will spend up to $2 million to kick-start a new collaborative lab. The goal? To foster innovation in the design of prefabricated buildings, produce more eco-friendly and affordable prefabricated buildings, and achieve even quicker turnarounds. The new lab will focus…

7 min.
now that’s tricky

Not all building sites are created equal. Some can throw up difficulties that can be costly and timely to resolve. A site can present quite a broad array of challenges, beginning with its location — this might range from a battle-axe block to a block by the beach or a building lot in a remote bushland locale. It also extends to building in a bushfire or flood zone, which brings with it a raft of challenges and a slew of building regulations and council requirements that must be met. Size and shape can be an issue, too — mainly narrow lots (including those with a zero-boundary) and blocks that are unusually shaped (which can present issues with setbacks, among other things). Sloping sites are a commonly encountered difficulty, often requiring clever…

7 min.
what lies beneath

When it comes to flooring, the choice is diverse, from tiles and laminates that look like wood to natural hardwood or engineered timber. For those who like to keep things cool, there is polished concrete; for those who like things easy-care, there is new-generation vinyl; and if cosy is your thing, there’s carpet. Choosing the right flooring is a critical part of completing a new home, for looks, longevity and ease of maintenance, so we talk to those in the know and discover the myriad flooring solutions at your disposal. THE GOOD WOOD We never tire of timber, although today, the decision tends to be between solid natural hardwood and engineered timber, which is made from layers of real timber. “In the 10 or 15 years that engineered timber has been around,…

1 min.
victorian homes

Victoria is home to many of this country’s most respected, accomplished and pre-eminent home builders, designers and architects. Whether you choose to construct your home on the coast, in the country, close to a city or in one of the many burgeoning suburbs, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to innovative home design and high-quality home builders. Over the following pages you’ll find a showcase of thoughtfully designed, expertly built homes that run the gamut from family-friendly one- and two-storey homes of both contemporary and traditional style, to luxury custom-built abodes offering an unparalled lifestyle experience and unique holiday homes with modern, open-plan interiors.…